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While treatment for orthodontic issues can be sought at any age, the earlier treatment begins; the less complicated it can be.
As your child grows their facial structure and teeth also develop. This growth period often enables your child to be more responsive to treatment.
For this reason, having your child’s teeth monitored and corrected at an early age can help prevent more problematic orthopedic or jaw corrections in adulthood.
Every child’s case is unique and will differ between others. For more information, please feel free to contact our dental offices to make a booking.
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What is an Oral or Palatal Expander?
Palate expander’s are used to slowly widen and expand the upper arch of the mouth. Oral expander’s are often recommended to children and teenagers to take advantage of their natural bone growth. The most common ages for upper expansion are usually between 8 to 15 years. Oral expansion is more difficult in adulthood since bone (jaw) growth has fully developed. Although, in some cases it can be effective if minor adjustment for an adult is required. In more severe cases for adults, jaw surgery may be required. These cases are often referred to a external third party surgeon.
Orthodontic Expander’s can be used on their own or in conjunction with traditional orthodontic treatment. They can benefit the growth of the upper jaw by improving:
- Crossbite – This malocclusion condition occurs when the upper back teeth bite inside the lower back teeth.
- Tooth Overcrowding – Widening the palate can allow room for crowded teeth to properly align. As a result, preventing crowded teeth from potential extraction.
- Impacted Teeth – Narrow jaws can lead to impacted teeth due to the lack of room to accommodate room for other teeth to grow into.
- Breathing – Studies have shown high palate’s and a narrow upper arch may restrict breathing. Expander’s have the ability to widen the nasal cavity for improved breathing.
- Aesthetics – Oral expander’s help correct various crossbite, overbite, and underbite issues with the jaw. This can helps reshape a more attractive smile.
Oral Expander’s are often recommended to patients after dental examination. Regular dental check-ups from early childhood allow dentists to monitor the growth of your child’s jawbone and teeth. As a result, early detection and treatment can help prevent future issues and benefit your child’s oral health in the long-term.
How long is the treatment for Palatal Expander’s?
As each individuals mouth is different, so too is the recommended treatment time. Time may vary depending on the type of expander and the problems with the upper palate. In most cases average time frames range from 3 to 12 months. Depending upon the case, your orthodontic dentist may recommend a retainer or additional orthodontic treatment afterwards until sufficient alignment has been completed. In some cases it is possible for a dentist to combine palate expander and traditional braces simultaneously.
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